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Age of the Great Khan: Painting and Calligraphy in the Mongol Yuan Dynasty
National Palace Museum
A comprehensive resource for art under Mongol China, with images organized into four sections: 1) Marco Polo; 2) Recluse Scholars; 3) Polyethnic Scholars; 4) The Imperial Clan. With text and additional subtopics under each section (mouseover images on topic pages to bring up each subtopic), plus a large selection of art works under each section. There is also a special section for teachers with resources on imperial portraiture, architecture, and revivalism in Yuan-dynasty painting, plus analysis of three specific paintings.

Go to Museum Resource: http://tech2.npm.gov.tw/khan/english/main_h_eng.htm
The Ancient Art of Writing: Selections from the History of Chinese Calligraphy
National Palace Museum
"To meet the need for recording information and ideas, unique forms of calligraphy (the art of writing) have been part of the Chinese cultural tradition through the ages. Naturally finding applications in daily life, calligraphy still serves as a continuous link between the past and the present. The development of calligraphy, long a subject of interest in Chinese culture, is the theme of this exhibit, which presents to the public selections from the National Palace Museum collection arranged in chronological order for a general overview." With a brief introduction and three paintings from the Yuan and Ming dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/writing9907/
The Art and Aesthetics of Form: Selections from the History of Chinese Painting
National Palace Museum
" ... throughout the ages, a hallmark of Chinese painting has been the pursuit of individuality and innovation within the framework of one's "symphonic" heritage. This exhibition represents a selection of individual "performances" from the Museum collection arranged in chronological order in order to provide an overview of some major traditions and movements in Chinese painting." With a brief overview and eight paintings from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/aesthetics9907/index.html
The Asian Art Digital Teaching Project: China
Columbia University and The National Endowment for the Humanities
Featuring two teaching modules for learning about Chinese painting -- The Grandeur of the Qing and Exploring Chinese Painting. The first "offers a detailed visual and historical exploration of four monumental scrolls recording the imperial inspection tours of the Kangxi and Qianlong emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries"; the second is "a workspace allowing students to view and compare a group of important Chinese hand scrolls and hanging scrolls from the 10th to the 17th centuries."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.learn.columbia.edu/nehasian/html/neh_geo_con_china.html
An Assorted Tapestry of Lustrous Beauty: Export Porcelains from the Museum Collection
National Palace Museum
"The National Palace Museum is renowned for preserving the precious collections from the imperial families through the ages. For this reason, however, porcelains made for export and circulation overseas as trade goods do not appear in significant numbers in the Museum collection. Fortunately, over the years, a steady stream of purchases and donations have led to the gradual expansion of export ceramic types in the Museum holdings, thereby increasing the breadth and depth of the collection. This special exhibition focuses on export porcelains from the ninth to nineteenth centuries and also serves to express a token of gratitude for the generosity of donors." With four topics: 1) The Diversity of Chinese Export Porcelain; 2) The Spread of Ceramics Trade; 3) Rare Curios Fired to Order; 4) Exchanges in the Art and Craft of Ceramics.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/export/
The Beauty of Chün Ware
National Palace Museum
A website with background text on Chün ware, its origins, and the distinctiveness of its multicolored array of glazes, plus a gallery of objects with descriptions and an online glossary of terms. There are also two interactive activities appropriate for students -- the VIRTUAL KILN (an animated cartoon/interactive game starring a character named Clay, who learns about the secret of Chün ware by completing a series of "examinations") and the GAMES section (with a series of arcade-type games also starring Clay).

Go to Museum Resource: http://tech2.npm.gov.tw/chunware/en/
The Calligraphic World of Mi Fu's Art
National Palace Museum
Highly polished interactive website introducing the art and life of Mi Fu (1051-1107), a scholar-official and master of painting and calligraphy from the Northern Sung period. "Dealing mostly with his calligraphy, the contents of this website are divided into two main approaches: a gallery of selected works mostly from the National Palace Museum collection, as well as themes based on times and places in Mi Fu’s life": 1) The Itinerant Official; 2) Poetry and Prose; 3) The Mi Boat; 4) Pure Enjoyments; 5) Ideas on Calligraphy; 6) Practice of Calligraphy.

Go to Museum Resource: http://tech2.npm.gov.tw/mifu/en/index.htm
China: The Glorious Tang and Song Dynasties
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"During the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties, the Chinese empire enjoyed a blossoming of foreign exchange as trade expanded along the Silk Road and sea routes. In this era China also witnessed the flourishing of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism; and saw the development of porcelain making and reproduction printing. This packet examines the trade, commerce, religion, philosophy, literature, and art of these dynasties. Student handouts include readings and activities on Tang and Song dynasty literature, art, and science." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
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